Portrait head of a «kosmetes»

Provenance: Athens, «Diogeneion». Height: 0.33 m. Marble: Pentelic.
Chronology: 220-235 AD. EAM 412

The portrait depicts a mature bearded man. The tripartite division of the hair at the forehead and the temples refers to Antoninus Pius’ portraits, while the beard evokes portraits of the Emperor Macrinus. There are, however, references to portraits of the 4th century BC, such as these of the orator Lycurgus of 350 BC and Aeschines of 320 BC.